Peddlers Cross to defend record at Haydock

Peddlers Cross is set to defend his unbeaten record in the Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday week.

Peddlers Cross is set to defend his unbeaten record in the Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday week.

An Irish point-to-point winner last spring, the five-year-old has collected on both starts for Donald McCain – a bumper at Haydock in November and in a novice hurdle at Bangor in the middle of last month.

“There’s a Grade Two novice hurdle at Haydock next weekend that we’re thinking of going to,” said McCain.

“Since he came over he has done everything we’ve asked him to do and is definitely very exciting.”

McCain has taken a few horses to use the facilities of his Cheshire neighbour Tom Dascombe this week, with his own base struggling with the snow and ice.

He is still formulating plans for many of the string, but will have to do without his useful-looking novice chaser Comhla Ri Coig.

“Unfortunately he won’t run again this season – he just came back with a touch of a leg,” McCain told Racing UK.

“It’s there and you can’t hide it. We could well get him back for the spring - it was only very minor – but his ground will have gone so we’ll sit tight until next year.”

Stablemate Will Be Done, who made a winning comeback in a novice hurdle at Leicester in December, may have another race under the same discipline before returning to fences, with McCain feeling the Racing Post Plate at Cheltenham could be a feasible target.

Hat-trick-seeking Youngstown has been pencilled in for the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham, while McCain concedes Any Given Day may end up in a handicap rather than a novice race at the big end-of-season festivals.

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